Posts tagged ‘women in business’

U.S. Department of State Hosts Forum Nov. 16: “Investing in Women To Maximize Returns”

Press types, you can sign up to attend this event.   I’m looking forward to hearing about Ambassador Verveer’s talk, “Corporate Citizenship: Women–The Optimal Investment”!

“The Department of State will host the Investing in Women To Maximize Returns forum at the Department’s George C. Marshall Center on November 16. Over 100 private sector executives, senior government officials, and nonprofit organization representatives, will meet to discuss strategic investments in women’s economic potential that the private sector is making to drive smart business growth. Participants will share best practices that go beyond corporate social responsibility programs and view investments in women and girls as critical business decisions. The forum will also identify new opportunities for advancing the status of women and girls through innovative public and private sector economic initiatives and programs.”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/11/200559.htm

November 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

What Europe Can Teach the US (and Beyond?) About Gender in the Boardroom

“Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity.”    A Harvard Business Review look at women leaders in business.

What Europe Can Teach the US About Gender in the Boardroom

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett  |  10:03 AM September 12, 2012

As the U.S. presidential campaign moves into its final months, newspapers are full of promises from both candidates. But there’s promising news from Europe that’s also worth attention.

A proposal being drafted by the European Commission and expected to be formally introduced next month by Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, would force euro-zone companies larger than 250 employees or with more than €50 million in annual revenues to reserve at least 40% of their nonexecutive director board seats for women by 2020 or face fines and other sanctions…

Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity. A McKinsey study found that across all industry sectors, companies with the most women on their boards of directors significantly and consistently outperform those with no female representation: by 41% in terms of return on equity and by 56% in terms of operating results. In other words, diversity — especially gender diversity — unlocks growth.

Read the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hewlett/2012/09/what_europe_can_teach_the_us_about_gender_in_the_boardroom.html

September 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Egyptian grandmother turns eco-friendly online healthy-food entrepreneur #hwhtw

So many things to like about this story: great news for Egypt’s economy, human health, the environment, and women’s entrepreneurship!

Dried produce seller utilizes solar technology to create a healthy snacking alternative

Megan Detrie
Tue, 21/08/2012 – 11:11
Menar Meebed’s company, Minnie’s Dried Fruits and Vegetables, arose out of little more than an attempt to find healthy snacks for her grandchildren.

“My grandchildren used to eat a lot of junk, and I’m not a junk food person, so I wanted to offer them something nutritious, and dried fruits in Egypt is limited to the typical variety of Ramadan food, so I started to dry apples and bananas at home,” Meebed said.

What began as snack time in Meebed’s kitchen has grown to become a thriving business utilizing solar drying technology and local produce, and empowering women in rural areas of Egypt.

Read the full article: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/dried-produce-seller-utilizes-solar-technology-create-healthy-snacking-alternative

August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

Be the Change: Promise Rings from Tumbleweed Bead Co. @shoptumbleweed #hwhtw

Jewelry makers Tumbleweed Bead Co. have launched The Promise Project to donate a portion of proceeds from their promise rings to charities that empower women.  $1 from each ring sold (they start at $10!) goes to Women Thrive Worldwide and YWCA Wenatchee Valley.  But why promise rings?

“Inspiration for our Promise Rings came from a fabulous friend. She bought herself a ring, made herself a promise, and wore the ring as a constant reminder to keep that promise to herself! ”

Read more and buy your ring here: http://www.tumbleweedbeadco.com/pages/promise-project

August 6, 2012 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Study: “Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers” @TheWomanEffect #hwhtw

In a study for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Lesa Mitchell “explores the intersection of two issues that often are thought of separately: the need for sustained economic recovery in the United States, and the status of  women’s entrepreneurship.”  She concludes that “Women capable of starting growth companies may well be our greatest under-utilized economic resource,” and goes on to add:

“It is essential to see women’s entrepreneurship as an economic issue, not a gender-equity issue. When new companies and industries flourish, everyone benefits. And the returns will increase when more women contribute to the process by bringing their ideas to market and building high-growth firms around them.”

Read the full study here: http://www.kauffman.org/uploadedFiles/Growing_the_Economy_Women_Entrepreneurs.pdf

Thanks to InPowerWomen for the tip!

August 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

Study: Stocks Perform Better If Women Are On Company Boards #hwhtw

Bloomberg News reports on a new study from the Credit Suisse Research Institute quantifying the benefits of having gender balance on corporate boards:

“Companies with women on their boards performed better in challenging markets than those with all-male boards in a study suggesting that mixing genders may temper risky investment moves and increase return on equity.

“Shares of companies with a market capitalization of more than $10 billion and with women board members outperformed comparable businesses with all-male boards by 26 percent worldwide over a period of six years, according to a report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, created in 2008 to analyze trends expected to affect global markets.”

Read the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-31/women-as-directors-beat-men-only-boards-in-company-stock-return.html

July 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

“Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs” by @startupbiztalk in @ForbesWoman #myAWD

Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs

Cheryl Isaac, Contributor

Foreign aid can sometimes account for over 90% of a country’s GDP; yet developing nations are quickly learning that foreign aid is not a long-term solution. And over the past few years, we’ve seen just how interconnected the global economy is: a misstep in one economy, affects the global economy.

Dambisa Moyo, economist and author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working And How There is a Better Way For Africa, argues that foreign aid to Africa is hurting, not helping the continent.

“Policymaking…has to set the environment to make it conducive for people to invest, be entrepreneurial and to innovate,” Moyo told Forbes Woman.

Investment in entrepreneurship—particularly women entrepreneurship—can lead to long-term growth in developing countries, the type of change that affects economic development, and a collaborative effort that influences innovation and empowers citizens to contribute to their nation’s GDP.

Read the full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/worldviews/2012/07/06/forget-foreign-aid-focus-on-foreign-entrepreneurship-for-women/

July 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm 4 comments

Event: “Women Entrepreneurs: Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses” @MilkenInstitute @GWtweets @SBAgov @samanthaettus

Interesting event coming up on Monday in DC!

The Milken Institute and the George Washington University Present


Women Entrepreneurs:
Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses


A panel discussion with special guests

The Honorable Karen Mills
Administrator, United States Small Business Administration

Peggy Wallace
Managing Director, Golden Seeds 

Melinda Wittstock
CEO and Founder, NewsiT

Lisa Hall
President & CEO, Calvert Foundation
Leadership Council, AEO One in Three Initiative

and

Moderator
Samantha Ettus
Best-selling Author and Contributor, Forbes
Founder, Working Moms Lifestyle

 Women entrepreneurs are a growing force in the economy. Between 1997 and 2011, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States grew at twice the rate of men-owned firms. Nevertheless, one of the fundamental challenges facing any entrepreneur today is finding the capital to launch and grow a business. Do women entrepreneurs face unique challenges or issues in obtaining start-up financing and growth capital? Are there policy or market solutions that can help to facilitate the flow of capital or credit to start-up enterprises and small businesses, especially those owned by women? We welcome our distinguished panelists to explore these and related questions.

Read more and register: http://www.cvent.com/events/women-entrepreneurs-innovative-approaches-to-financing-new-businesses/event-summary-b01fb1da72d44664ac858de7d621ce75.aspx?goback=%2Egde_40662_member_122863129

June 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

“Gender Balance is an Investor Issue Too” by @A_WittenbergCox in @HarvardBiz @2020WOB #hwhtw

In this HBR post, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox says we should “harness the power of investors” to improve the gender balance on corporate boards.

“New York City’s public pension fund has just nudged Goldman Sachs and MetLife to disclose their gender balance stats. To quote John Liu, the city’s comptroller: ‘without quantitative disclosure, shareholders have no way to evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts.’

“But very few companies actually publish their gender statistics, and certainly not anything more explicit than an aggregate ‘women in management’ number (which means they can all be first line managers). They much prefer publishing the wonderful initiatives they undertake in support of women in leadership, rather than the actual result of their efforts on the gender balance at the three levels below the CEO.”

Read the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/05/gender_balance_is_an_investor.html?awid=8294541716442270676-3271

May 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

“The United Arab Emirates – a Fertile Frontier for Financial Women” via @VitalVoices @HuffingtonPost #hwhtw

Anne Izzillo of the HuffPost reports that the UAE is the place to be for women entrepreneurs:

“This is what we found: If you are a woman looking to start a business in the UAE — this is your moment. Today, women are forming start-ups in the region that range from multi-million dollar private equity funds and tech start-ups to western-inspired fashion labels and successful yoga studio chains. The opportunities are ripe for local and foreign women alike, thanks to several key factors that are leading a female business boom in the region.

“It starts with the government’s commitment to providing a high standard of education for both men and women. Today, the literacy rate for UAE women is 90 percent. Also, it is encouraging that the UAE Constitution promotes gender equality, including equal pay for equal work under the Labor Law and the right for women to inherit property. All of these factors have created a fertile environment for the seeds of female entrepreneurship to grow.”

Read the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-izzillo/united-arab-emirates_b_1522362.html

May 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

“Malian Women Create Beauty and Profit Through Local Fabrics” via @Africa_com #hwhtw @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Love this article on Malian women fashion entrepreneurs!  Some highlights:

“Hand-dyeing bazin can be labour-intensive for the women who produce it. First they import the fabric — mostly cotton, but sometimes silk or wool — from Germany, the Netherlands or China. Then they cut it to standard sizes. Next they knot tissues tightly into parts of the fabric so that those parts remain undyed when the cloth is dipped into buckets of pigment and fixative. When the fabric emerges it bears coloured spirals, rings or patterns.

“Maureen Gosling, a U.S. filmmaker, is collaborating with Maxine Downs, an anthropologist, to produce a film on bazin called Bamako Chic: Threads of Power, Colour and Culture. According to Ms. Downs, they want to show how “self-empowered African women turned their artistic creativity and resourcefulness into a force for alleviating their own poverty.”

“Ms. Downs visited Mali several times to meet some of the women in the burgeoning industry. “When I went to Mali, I was shocked by the women’s resilience, their ability to create something out of nothing,” she told Africa Renewal.”

Read the full article: http://www.africa.com/blog/blog,malian_women_create_beauty_and_profit_through_local_fabrics,667.html

May 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

“Pakistan: Swat women use embroidery skills to support families” @safeworld4women #hwhtw #Pakistan #women

An inspiring story of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan who supported their families after devastating conflict in the Swat Valley.

 

Pakistan: Swat women use embroidery skills to support families

Source: Dawn.com | Sadia Qasim Shah

Like many other Swati women, the prolonged conflict in the region left Farida with nothing but embroidery skills to earn livelihood.

Thanks to her expertise in this traditional craft, the 40-year-old currently works with Lasoona, a nongovernmental organisation developing handicraft skills of local women and marketing their work, including Swati embroidered shawls.

As handicrafts made by skilled women were put on display here at Women Business Development Centre, a number of such women from Swat also poured their hearts out about the crisis they faced even after the conflict was over.

Ms Farida said she got education up to intermediate but after 22 years of her life as a housewife, she was forced to step out and work with an NGO for food and education of her two children…

Read the full article: http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/economics-poverty/ec-central-and-southasia/2430-swat-women-use-embroidery-skills.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LatestFromSafeWorld+%28Latest+from+Safe+World%29

May 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Helping Women Helps the World Weekly is Here! Featuring @CatalystInc @USNC_UNWomen @mverveer @ThinkProgress @AmazingWomen #hwhtw #women

HWHTW is now available in an easy-to-read weekly newspaper format!    The HWHTW Weekly includes our blog posts, plus bonus content from women’s empowerment thinkers across the Web.  This week’s edition features stories on women in business, the Violence Against Women Act, and why women matter in foreign policy.  Check it out here: http://paper.li/HWHTW/1333031756?utm_source=subscription&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=paper_sub

 

April 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

The Impact of Women in Business, Three Ways @CatalystInc #hwhtw

McKinsey & Company and Catalyst have issued two new reports and a video on the role of women as business leaders.

Download the Catalyst report, “The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004–2008)”, here: http://www.catalyst.org/publication/479/the-bottom-line-corporate-performance-and-womens-representation-on-boards-20042008

Read the article by Joanna Barsh and Lareina Yee of McKinsey, “Unlocking the full potential of women in the US economy”, here: http://www.mckinsey.com/Client_Service/Organization/Latest_thinking/Unlocking_the_full_potential.aspx

Watch the video featuring McKinsey partners Joanna Barsh, Sandrine Devillard, Emily Lawson, and Jin Wang, “Achieving the promise of women executives”, here: http://www.mckinsey.com/Features/Women_Matter

April 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

HWHTW Exclusive: Lunch with Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer @mverveer @SAISHopkins

Last Friday, SAIS hosted Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer to launch its “Championing Women Globally” lecture series (a project of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, in partnership with the Embassy of Liechtenstein and its Ambassador, Her Excellency, Claudia Fritsche).  Afterward, I joined Ambassador Verveer (in red in the photo) and a glittering group of gender equality experts and advocates (including, from left, Ambassador Fritsche, Senior Fellow Susan Ness of CTR, and Irene Natividad of the Global Summit of Women) for a fascinating lunch.

What was on the minds of these “power women”?  How to get women onto America’s corporate boards.  The group bemoaned the low representation of women on corporate boards  and brainstormed ideas on how to get more women into these key leadership positions in U.S. private enterprise.

On the bright side, Ambassador Fritsche and CTR Managing Director Andras Simonyi underscored the value of having 3 outstanding women leaders as U.S. Secretary of State.  “You think you know [how big an impact it made],” Simonyi said, “But you don’t really know.”

To learn more about the “Championing Women Globally” series: http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/events/index.htm

April 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

“Five Poverty-Fighting Women to Watch” #hwhtw @Daily_Good @AshleyJudd @leila_c @Samasource @pooreconomics @jnovogratz @acumenfund @hpglobalcitizen

A fantastic article from Daily Good!  Props to Ashley Judd for retweeting.

“These five women are fighting poverty in a serious way, but they’re not handing out aid. We hope to see them scale up their models this year and make an even bigger impact.”

Here’s the list:

  • Leila Janah of Samasource
  • Esther Duflo of MIT’s Poverty Action Lab (see post: “Women as Policy Makers”)
  • Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen Fund (one of my favorite speakers from TEDWomen!)
  • Gabi Zedlmayer, leader of Hewlett-Packard’s global social innovations team
  • Shainoor Khoja, who is using technology to address the world’s poverty challenges

Read more!  http://www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=206

March 29, 2012 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Reporting Live from “The Bottom Line: How Big Business is Empowering Women and Girls”

Tonight I’m attending a women’s economic empowerment panel discussion hosted by ICRW. The superstar panel has knocked our socks off with stats and case studies from their experience. Most excitingly, we learned that big announcements are forthcoming tomorrow from Calvert investments and Women’s World Banking! Stay tuned…

March 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

Event: “The Bottom Line: How Big Business Is Empowering Women and Girls” @icrw #hwhtw

The International Center for Research on Women has an intriguing event coming up in DC on March 7:

“Join ICRW for its Passports to Progress event on the eve of International Women’s Day, March 7. A diverse panel of corporate and social enterprise investors will discuss how and why big business interests are banking on the future of women and girls half a world away.”

Who:   
Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, PBS NEWSHOUR
Darlene Daggett, former President, QVC U.S.; Founder and Executive Director of Ikatu International
Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking
Charlotte Oades, Global Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment, The Coca-Cola Company
Jackie VanderBrug, Managing Director, Criterion Ventures and Women Effect Investments

With a special presentation by Tara Ann Lundy, Concept Development Manager, Vestergaard Frandsen

When:
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; program starts at 7:00 p.m.

Where:
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045

To register or for more information: http://www.icrw.org/passports-progress

February 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

“More room for women at the top” in Australia #hwhtw

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, 2011 was a big year for Australian women in business, but there’s more work to be done!

“A RECORD was quietly broken last month – several times over. On December 1, amid last year’s hectic round of annual meetings and shareholder votes, seven women were appointed to the boards of ASX200 companies – bringing the number of female director appointments this year to an all-time high of 60, one more than 2010’s 59.

“The next day, Helen Coonan joined the board of Crown – bringing the total to 61. Sharon Doyle joining Cabcharge took it to 62 later in the month – then there were another three before Christmas, bringing the total to 65. It signed off a year in which women accounted for 40 per cent of new board appointments to ASX50 companies – to now make up almost 19 per cent of all ASX50 directors.

“While still very much in the minority, women now have a bigger presence on big company boards than ever before. In terms of boosting diversity on Australian boards, it has been a year of ”real progress”, says Jillian Segal, an ASX and National Australia Bank director.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/executive-women/more-room-for-women-at-the-top-20120101-1ph1c.html#ixzz1lGFORe2p

http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/executive-women/more-room-for-women-at-the-top-20120101-1ph1c.html

February 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment


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